The jury is still out on Mississippi State director of athletics Scott Stricklin's basketball hire last week but on paper it appears he hit a home run signing Texas A&M associate head coach Vic Shaefer to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
Now Stricklin will be charged with an even bigger challenge in its...[details]
2010 (Senior):HEADER DEE BOST Point Guard Mississippi State University Bulldogs #3 6:02.0-177 Concord, North Carolina Hargrave Military Academy Concord High School
OVERVIEW Bost played just two seasons at Mississippi State and surprised many observers by declaring for the draft before many believed his game was NBA-ready.
As of the day before the draft, though, Bost was petitioning the NCAA for reinstatement and was enrolled in class at State for the fall semester. The NCAA hasn't ruled, or indicated one way or the other, on any imminent decision in the matter.
A new rule moved up the NCAA deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft.
After going to prep school, where he averaged 18.5 points and led Hargrave Military Academy to the National Prep title game, he signed with State and started all 36 games. He made the All-SEC freshman team and scored in double figures 20 times, including a career-high 25 against Arkansas.
He played in all 36 games and averaged 35 minutes per game as a sophomore, averaging 13.0 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
2008 (Freshman): - Started all 36 games and named to the All-SEC Freshman team and tabbed honorable mention Freshman All-American by CollegeHoops.net.
- Named SEC freshman of the week twice.
- Collected a career-high 10 rebounds against South Carolina (3-13-09).
- Became the first true freshman to start on opening day since Jamont Gordon in 2005-06.
- Led MSU with 156 assists, the third most in the SEC and the most by any MSU freshman in school history.
- Also set freshman records with free throws made (122) and free throws attempted (170), while his 52 steals and 161 3-pointers attempted were second.
- Had 10 assists twice, against North Alabama and Alabama, becoming the first MSU player to dish out 10 since Jamont Gordon in 2007-08 against Bama.
- Scored in double digits 20 times, including 15 of the last 23 games.
- Had first double-double against Alabama on 1-14-09 (13 points, 10 assists).
- Scored a career-high 25 points on Feb. 7 at home against Arkansas.
- Lone blocked shot came at Ole Miss.
Personal: Dee Bost was born October 12, 1989, in Charlotte, N.C... Enrolled in MSU's College of Arts and Sciences... The son of Frances Bost and Marcus Blackwelder.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has a lean frame, but shows a decent wing span (6-foot-10) and solid standing reach (8-foot-4) with minimal body fat (5.1 percent)...Despite a lack of blazing speed, he does a good job of pushing the ball up the court...Has the lateral range needed for an up-tempo attack and has shown decent improvement with his spot-up jumper as a senior...Good pressure defender who stays in front of his man on the perimeter...Uses his wingspan well to try to deflect or alter the opponent's shot...Has great confidence pulling up and firing his mid-range shot and can also connect with good consistency from outside three-point range...Might be better defending the slower shooting guards than the slashers at the point, but does a nice job of protecting the ball when he keeps it on the floor for long (efficient dribbler)...Shows good balance getting into the lanes and when forced out of the paint, his outside shooting ability forces the defense to come out of the paint...Has the ability to pull up, set his feet and connect with his jumpers when firing with either hand...Also demonstrates fluid moves driving off the screen to score from his weak (left) side...Effective executing the pick-and-rolls and the drive-and-dish transition plays...Shows very good hesitation moves when working in the lane...Likes to work in unison with his forwards on the pick to set up his jumper and keeps the ball low and away from the defender when firing it out to the open outlet with his post-entry passes...Shows a good crossover and has a smooth, easy floater shooting in the lane...Has the loose hips to spin, escape his man and create his shots off the dribble...Best in an up-tempo attack -- generally makes sound decisions with the ball, especially in half-court sets.
Negatives: Lacks the quickness up and down the court or the explosive initial step you look for in a point guard...Has just marginal strength and does not show great timing on his leaps...Adequate passer who doesn't always find the open outlet...Just a decent scorer with adequate ball-handling skills, lacking the ability to change the pace of the game...Unselfish to a fault, passing up easy scoring opportunities at times to keep his teammates involved in the game...Gets a little bit overaggressive in his attempts to draw contact driving to the basket...When he is forced out of the lane, he will attempt a tough shot rather than try to pull up, at times.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: Derek Fisher, Los Angeles Lakers -- Bost has a great team-first attitude. He is a solid defender who shows good range from the outside, but needs to be a bit more selective when attempting his shots from three-point range (will sometimes try to make the difficult shot with defenders right in his face). He is not the type that can take over games as a scorer and while he is a good passer, he might be a better fit covering the slower two-guard types, as he lacks the blazing quickness you look for in the point. Like Fisher, he might be a better fit coming off the bench, as he can lead an up-tempo attack and also knows how to slow down the pace of the game, if needed.